Looking for an RV with real hauling power? Toterhomes and truck conversions are recreational vehicles built on heavy-duty commercial truck frames. These heavy haulers of the RV world have comfortable truck cabs and powerful truck engines with more than enough juice to haul heavy toys long distances without sacrificing power or comfort. It’s that hauling capacity that makes toterhomes the RV choice of NASCAR and motocross race teams.
Offering living space and creature comforts similar to Class A and Class C motorhomes, toterhomes are the commercial version of the RV toy haulers featured in our June 12 post. Extending from 12 to 36 feet behind the truck cab, toterhomes generally have one or more slideouts that expand their living space. With the push of a button, walls slide out, increasing interior space by as much as 3 1/2 feet — instant addition! Depending on the model, toterhomes generally sleep 2 to 6 people.
Besides extra space, toterhomes often offer state-of-the-art technology and first-class luxuries found on high-end RVs, including back-up cameras, hydraulic leveling, security systems, washer/dryers, satellite dishes, basement storage, home theaters, full-size kitchens and much more. Prices range from $25,000 to well over $500,000, depending on size and features, with the average retail price being $125,000. Online RV sales sites like RVT.com offer incredible bargains on used toterhomes with prices often less than half the retail price.
While some states may require special licensing if you’re hauling particularly heavy or long loads, in most states non-commercial use of toterhomes or truck conversion RVs requires no special driving license. Their heavy-duty truck frames make RV toterhomes extremely safe and with proper maintenance toterhomes can easily outlast the lifespan of conventional RVs.